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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old September 7th, 2019, 15:41   #1
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Question Head Unit Replacement? (With CarPlay)

Hello,
I have a 2014 Passat SEL with +120K miles and the head unit is about to collect a retirement check
For the last 2 months, the factory installed Fender audio system:
- restarts on its own (now, about 4 times/hour)
- will not start
- cannot change volume levels (steering wheel nor head knob)
- camera just goes black
- display shows backup camera view in ďall blackĒ mode
As Iím a genius , I figured I need a new head unit that supports CarPlay and the backup camera.
So what are all yíalls recommendation for a new head unit?
Thank you in advance
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Old September 7th, 2019, 20:09   #2
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https://www.eonon.com/Android-Car-GP...er-System.html
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Old September 7th, 2019, 20:10   #3
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The JVC units have a very clean look, the bezel is thin. You can get one for cheap and buy a maestro to allow it to play with the canbus.
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Old September 7th, 2019, 21:28   #4
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I had one of these similar units in my Excursion. Everything worked Android wise but was severely unimpressed with the radio/music quality itself. Maybe this one is different due to Fender compatibility.
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Old September 9th, 2019, 06:02   #5
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Hello Brian, thank you for the suggestion.

But Passat 2014 model isnít listed as one of their supported vehicles.
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I’ve seen Pioneer equipment that claims compatibility with 2014 Passat:

- Pioneer AVH-X2800BS In-Dash DVD Receiver with 6.2" Display, Bluetooth
- Pioneer AVH-1300NEX 6.2" Double DIN DVD Receiver Apple CarPlay Built in Bluetooth

Does anyone have any experience with them?
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Old September 10th, 2019, 07:00   #7
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My buddy has one of the newer Pioneer CarPlay systems in his truck, the microphone input failed pretty quickly. I wasn't a fan of the looks of it either, the buttons look and feel like the buttons from the colorful radios in the early 2000s.
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Old September 11th, 2019, 07:45   #8
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My buddy has one of the newer Pioneer CarPlay systems in his truck, the microphone input failed pretty quickly. I wasn't a fan of the looks of it either, the buttons look and feel like the buttons from the colorful radios in the early 2000s.
Thank you for your input!

Back in the day, Pioneer were the good stuff to have. Things have changed since the Ď80ís obviously
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I’ve seen Pioneer equipment that claims compatibility with 2014 Passat:

- Pioneer AVH-X2800BS In-Dash DVD Receiver with 6.2" Display, Bluetooth
- Pioneer AVH-1300NEX 6.2" Double DIN DVD Receiver Apple CarPlay Built in Bluetooth

Does anyone have any experience with them?
I have a Pioneer AVH-1300NEX that was installed in my mk4 Golf TDI when I had it. When I sold the car, the buyer wanted the stock stereo, so I pulled it out. It was only about 4 months old at the time. I still have it in its original box in new condition.

It was a stellar system. MUCH better than the stock stereo. In fact, I miss it a LOT in my mk7 Golf TDI. Carplay was sooo nice. It was well worth the upgrade.

If anyone wants to buy it here, it's up for sale at $200 + shipping (not putting up a classified, just posting to give a hand!)
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i have an rcd 330 i picked up second hand its been great factory unit so looks like it belongs and functions as you would expect and at a great price point.
got mine for 200$ Canadian
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I'm curious how this went. Does the Passat TDi SEL have an amp to power the sub? Is it compatible with an aftermarket head unit?
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